GM begins layoffs with 4,300 white-collar workers mostly in U.S.

Virginia Carson
February 5, 2019

General Motors will begin involuntary layoffs on Monday, hoping to complete the latest round of cutbacks before releasing its fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

General Motors Company (GM) today will begin firing 4,000 salaried employees in Canada and the United States as it copes with falling demand for combustion engine cars while transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs). They also gave a positive outlook for 2019.

But the move enraged Trump, who repeatedly lambasted GM CEO Mary Barra over the decision. "These are things we are doing to strengthen our core business".

President Donald Trump and USA and Canadian lawmakers have blasted GM's plans to end production at plants in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and Maryland.

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In addition, GM will stop building several models now assembled at those plants.

GM said in November it would end USA and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans.

Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says the salaried employee reductions in Canada have mostly been accomplished already through voluntary incentivized packages. Production is scheduled to end at the plants throughout the year.

The plants include the scheduled closure of Oshawa Assembly in Canada by year end and the potential closure of Lordstown Assembly in Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and two powertrain operations in Pontiac and Maryland.

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GM said some 2,250 workers accepted severance agreements by November 19.

But on Friday a GM spokesman said the automaker had trimmed about 1,500 contract jobs, meaning about 4,000 more staff jobs will be cut, according to the Detroit Free Press.

These actions are necessary to secure the future of the company, including preserving thousands of jobs in the US and globally.

"You know, the United States saved General Motors, and for her (Barra) to take that company out of OH is not good", Trump said past year.

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